Becoming an Urban Mom: Balancing Work & Family.

by katelin on May 22, 2015

As I’ve mentioned a few times before, I’ve been doing freelance work in order to stay at home with Riley. I don’t know how long this setup will last, but for now, I’m trying my best to make it work. Sometimes I just need an extra set of hands to take care of Riley while I dedicate some uninterrupted time to doing work. Usually I can call up my dad or Matt’s mom or sometimes even Matt when he has a shorter day of work. However, this past Tuesday, thanks to Clever Girls Collective, I was able to book an actual babysitter through UrbanSitter.
UntitledI originally wanted to book someone last week before we went out of town but due to two babysitters canceling and my schedule ultimately changing, that idea went out the window. Luckily nothing was urgent and I was just excited to get someone here to help for a few hours.

UrbanSitter was incredibly easy to use and searching for babysitters was a breeze. I love that it lists if the babysitter has had a background check, their age, their experience and some even have video intros. Once I decided on a babysitter, she followed up with my immediately to verify details and everything was set.

UntitledDespite his happy demeanor in the above photo, Riley was in fact a total fuss bucket. Typical. Kamila, the babysitter, showed up right on time and happily took over once I showed her where things where. She changed Riley’s diaper, played with him on his mat and tolerated his excessive whininess as he kept looking for mom. I didn’t totally leave the room and helped out here and there, but I did get to dedicate some solid time to just working which was a welcome break.

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Admittedly, it was a bit awkward at first to have a totally new person in my house and holding my kid. But Kamila eased my fears, was totally nice and capable and helped put Riley at ease as much as she could. Overall it was just a nice break to have someone else here and she even managed to get the munchkin to sleep before she left (win!).

One of the best parts of the whole situation was that there was no money to be exchanged at the end of the day. It was all done online and I could even include a tip if I wanted. It was simple and manageable and one less thing for me to worry about. I even got a thank you email from the founder after our day was done. Needless to say, it’s a professional service that has great customer service.

If we’re ever in need of a sitter again in the future and family members aren’t available, I’d definitely use UrbanSitter again.

 

For a free month of UrbanSitter.com use the promo code: FORFREETRIAL

 

 

happy weekend!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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